Dropped pills - page 5

So last night when I was giving my patient her meds in the med cup of course, she dropped them on the floor. It was her synthroid and oxycodone. I told her I would get new pills for her but she... Read More

  1. Visit  BuckyBadgerRN profile page
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    A little OT, but this reminds me of when a co-worker had a baby several years ago and was in the hospital post-partum. The RN brought in the pain med she had requested and somehow the pill got dropped. The nurse said "I'll go grab another one" and my friend said, "no! 5 second rule works, I don't want to get charged for another one!", in a half-kidding manner. The RN laughed and said don't be silly, I'll be right back!
    The bill comes a few weeks later, yup, she was charged for the dropped pill AND the one she took. And yes, they scrutinized the bill b/c insurance denied part of the claim. Seems the hospital submitted for a circ. For my friends baby GIRL!
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  3. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    I actually had a dropped pill incident last night and thought of this thread. My patient must have read up on mouth MRSA because there was no argument in me getting a fresh pill for him.
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  4. Visit  wooh profile page
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    My dog spit out his lasix onto the floor. I gave it to him again. Bassets can't get mouth MRSA can they? Perhaps some studies were done with the chihuahuas earlier in the thread?
    BrandonLPN, smurfynursey, and TJ'sMOM like this.
  5. Visit  darrell profile page
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    Quote from mandaaRN
    So last night when I was giving my patient her meds in the med cup of course, she dropped them on the floor. It was her synthroid and oxycodone. I told her I would get new pills for her but she insisted on taking them and even got down on her hands and knees to find the two pills. :/
    It is one line in the progress note. And it is her right to to take her pills however she chooses. If you had interfered, you would have something to agonize over....
  6. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    Quote from wooh
    My dog spit out his lasix onto the floor. I gave it to him again. Bassets can't get mouth MRSA can they? Perhaps some studies were done with the chihuahuas earlier in the thread?
    You are too funny.....but I gotta tell ya if my dog was at work I would not let her lick the floor....I love my dog too much than to allow her to be around that filth.

    At home however.....we call her Hoover.
    OnlybyHisgraceRN, wooh, and TJ'sMOM like this.
  7. Visit  RNsRWe profile page
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    Y'know, I've never had a patient who wanted a pill that was dropped on the floor, but HAVE had ones that dropped a pill into the bedding. So there we go, searching through sheets and blankets and gown. Upon finding said pill, no matter where in the bed they found it, they always popped it back into their mouths.

    Never occurred to me to write "pt dropped pill into bedding. Search by this nurse and patient revealed pill wedged under left thigh. This nurse retrieved said pill, patient then placed pill in his mouth and swallowed."

    Frankly, considering some of the stuff I've found in patients' bedding, cracks and crevices, THAT would strike me as worse than the original scenario. :-P
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  8. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    If a nurse drops a pill on the floor and nobody else is there to see it, did it really drop?....
  9. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    Quote from wooh
    My dog spit out his lasix onto the floor. I gave it to him again. Bassets can't get mouth MRSA can they? Perhaps some studies were done with the chihuahuas earlier in the thread?
    Until there's evidence based best practice, we'll never really know....
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  10. Visit  PediLove2147 profile page
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    Patients usually drop them on the bedding but occasionally the floor. I always offer to grab another and they usually agree but if they wanted to take it I would let them and there would be no documention of it.

    Now if it's a narcotic, I am on my hands and knees searching for that tiny pill. The other night, another nurse and I were searching a patient's room for an oxycodone. OMG, that was awful. We ended up finding in the closet, underneath the radiator. It was white and looked Oxycodone-ish, I was not looking anymore!

    (We need the pill in hand in order to waste, if not it's an incident report)
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